Published on January 9, 2014 | by bjstudent140
The nominations for the 67th BAFTA film awards were revealed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden this morning. The actors Helen McCrory and Luke Evans made the announcement at half past seven this morning to a packed house of industry insiders and press.
Smash hit space thriller Gravity leads the way, with 11 nominations including best film, best director for Alfonso Cuarón and beat actress for Sandra Bullock. British film maker Steve McQueen has been nominated in the best director for Twelve Years a Slave, which is also up for best film. McQueen could become the first person to win a BAFTA and the Turner Prize for art, which he picked up in 1999.
British stars Judi Dench and Emma Thompson are nominated for best actress. Judi Dench starred in the British comic drama Philomena opposite comedian Steve Coogan. Emma Thompson brought her star power to Saving Mr Banks, a dramatisation of the meeting between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, when he convinced her to sell him the rights to her book Mary Poppins, the character brought to life on screen so memorably by Julie Andrews. Chiwetel Ejiofor is the bookies favourite to pick up the best actor award for his part in Twelve Years a Slave.
As award season begins, The BAFTA’s are seen as a good indication as to the likely nominees – and eventual winners – of the Oscars. Both awards draw voters from a broad cross-section of the industry, and a number of British film insiders vote in both.